Staying home this Spring Break? Try out these ‘staycation’ ideas

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As schools around the area break for Spring Break next week, many will depart for fun in the sun in warmer climates or another more regional destination.

If that’s not you, trade your jealousy for a date planner: we’ve compiled a collection of staycation locations to keep you busy all week-long!

You might not get a tan, but memories last longer, right?


Crazy Pinz at 1414 Northland Blvd. is offering a host of specials next week for Spring Breakers. The entertainment center will have unlimited bowling for $8 per person, and they’ll open all of their activities the SkyTrail Ropes Course, the rock wall, laser tag, mini golf and Ball-O-City at 10 a.m. Click HERE for a list of deals at Crazy Pinz and their sister fun spot Georgetown Entertainment at 6770 E. State Blvd., or head to the Crazy Pinz Facebook page for a special deal on arcade play.


If you’re looking for a more rugged activity, try out CrossFit! CrossFit Praus at 4106 Merchant Road offers first-timers a free hour-long workout on Saturday mornings at 9:30, combining a variety of high-intensity exercises into a WOD, or a workout of the day. Kids are welcome and can play in their play room, or daring teenagers can try the workout, as well. WARNING: You’re going to sweat!


Ever wanted to know where you came from? Fort Wayne is home to one of the largest genealogical libraries available at the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center. Start with what you know, like your grandparents’ names and birth information, and unravel your history from there. The center has hundreds of thousands of books to help with your search, and there are expert genealogy librarians who love to help.  You’ll just need a library card and some curiosity!


If you haven’t walked around historic Lindenwood Cemetery at 2324 W. Main St., you’re missing out on a ton of Fort Wayne history. Spread out over 175 acres, the cemetery founded in 1859 is the resting place for more than 69,000 graves, including some of the most historic people who’ve called Fort Wayne home. If you can get past the eeriness, the cemetery is as beautiful as it is important.


This one, you’ll have to leave your kids behind (you deserve a vacation, too, you know). Northeast Indiana is home to several excellent wineries and breweries, and most offer tours and tastings. Be sure to check out Country Heritage, Two-EE’s in Huntington or Satek Winery in Fremont for some great local vino, or head to Hop RiverKekionga Cider Company2Toms or the Summit City classic Mad Anthonys for some great suds! You’re sure to find a glass of something you enjoy.


Northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio is home to some famous brands, including Sechler’s Pickle Factory in St. Joe, DeBrand Fine Chocolates of Fort Wayne, and Spangler Candy of Bryan, Ohio and each offer tours! See how Sechler’s makes its pickles first-hand, watch DeBrand’s skilled chocolatiers in action, or check out how Spangler makes its famous Dum Dums lollipops. WARNING: You’ll want to buy treats at each.

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